Lu Yu: Shen Gardens

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Shen Gardens

 

 

沈 园
城 上 斜 阳 画 角 哀
沈 园 非 复 旧 池 台。
伤 心 桥 下 春 波 绿
曾 是 惊 鸿 照 影 来。
梦 断 香 消 四 十 年
沈 园 柳 老 不 吹 绵。
此 身 行 作 稽 山 土
犹 吊 遗 踪 一 泫 然。
Shen Yuan

Cheng shang xie yang hua jiao ai
Shen yuan fei fu jiu chi tai.
Shang xin qiao xia chun bo lu
Ceng shi jing hong zhao ying lai.

Meng duan xiang xiao si shi nian
Shen yuan liu lao bu chui mian.
Ci shen xing zuo ji shan tu
You diao yi zong yi xuan ran.

 

Shen Gardens

Setting sun upon Shaoxing city walls, painted ox horn sounds warn of city gates closing
Back again to changing terraced gardens and ponds.
Wounded hearts in late spring under the bridge with green waves
Reflections and shadows for this radiant goddess.

Her fragrance and dreams vanished forty years ago
Shen garden willow trees so old they no longer shed their seeds.
This life traveler will rest under the Mt. Ji soils
Tears trickle down for a last time to visit and remember this place.

 

Notes:

Shaoxing:  A city across the Qiantang River from Hangzhou in Zhejiang Province. Noted for its classical gardens and having the Grand Canal run through it.

Mt. Ji: Nearby to Shaoxing.

 

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